Monday, November 19, 2018

Cessna 441 Conquest II, registered to and operated by Bismarck Air Medical, N441CX: Fatal accident occurred November 18, 2018 in Harmon, Morton County, North Dakota

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention AVP-100; Washington, District of Columbia
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Honeywell Aerospace; Phoenix, Arizona
Bismarck Air Medical; Bismarck, North Dakota 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N441CX

Location: Harmon, ND
Accident Number: CEN19FA030
Date & Time: 11/18/2018, 1040 CST
Registration: N441CX
Aircraft: Cessna 441
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning - Air Medical (Medical Emergency) 

On November 18, 2018, at 2240 central standard time, a Cessna 441, N441CX, was destroyed when it broke up in-flight and impacted an open field near Harmon, North Dakota. The airline transport certificated pilot, flight nurse, and paramedic were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Bismarck Air Medical under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for the air medical cross-country flight. The flight originated from Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS), Bismarck, North Dakota, at 2230, and was en route to Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN), Williston, North Dakota.

Preliminary information indicated the crew was en route to ISN to pick up a neonatal infant for transport back to BIS. Radar data indicated the airplane climbed on a direct course until reaching 14,000 feet above sea level. Ground speed was at 240 knots. The airplane then entered a steep right bank and radar contact was lost. No distress calls were received.

Wreckage was scattered for about 1 mile long and 600 feet wide on snow-covered terrain. The cockpit area, cabin area, empennage, both engines and propellers, and both wings were identified and recovered. Flight control continuity was established.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N441CX
Model/Series: 441 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bismarck Air Medical LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: R6DA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBIS, 1661 ft msl
Observation Time: 2252 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 900 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Bismarck, ND (BIS)
Destination: Williston, ND (ISN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Todd James Lasky, 48, passed away November 18, 2018, as the result of an air ambulance crash. 

A joint celebration honoring all who perished will be held at 10:00 am Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Bismarck Event Center 315 S 5th St, Bismarck.  

Family will greet visitors from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Eastgate Funeral Service, 2302 East Divide Avenue, Bismarck.

Todd was born March 31, 1970 and raised in Virginia, Minnesota with his parents Diane and James Lasky and “Sis” Tammy Lasky-Barboni.  His passion for service and community started at a young age, joining the Police Academy after graduation from high school in 1988.  An incident affecting his “trigger finger” forcing him to choose another career path, Todd finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from the University of North Dakota in two years.  Todd experienced a diverse background from Flight Instructor at UND, Chief Pilot for several private companies, corporate pilot for a major airline and then ending up in Bismarck as a pilot for Bismarck Air Ambulance. 

Todd loved to fly and was an excellent and meticulous pilot.  Passengers, patients, families and colleagues could count on him to sign, seal and deliver.  He was dependable, honest, intelligent, patient, humble, quick witted and had a huge heart.  He would always “do the right thing” and was quick to offer assistance to alleviate any un do stress and worry to another and take it on himself.  A natural born “giver” he emulated that characteristic in his personal life, as well. 

Todd’s talents and natural God-given gifts were a huge part of his life.  His passion for motorcycles, snow cats, water craft, ATV’s….you name it, he could RIDE IT (and) FIX IT!!!  His “need for speed” was apparent to all that knew him. 

One of his fondest memories and experiences was the snowmobile he built with his father.  This would become the fastest world record for speed in the NSSR 600cc class.

He lit up with pride and teared up with love in his eyes when he would talk about his dad and all of the time they spent together.  Family was of the utmost importance to him and was also very close to his mama and big Sis.  A day or two didn’t go by without a phone call or a text to check on how they were doing.  Nephews and relatives alike were all impacted by his charm and giving spirit.

Todd was the proud owner of his “hobby job” and business, Year-Round Recreation.  If he wasn’t flying or on an adventure with a motorized vehicle, he could be found inside his shop diagnosing the next piece of equipment or building a motorcycle from scratch! 

Talent, drive, work ethic, and a Jack of All Trades, Todd was blessed to have had the opportunity to express his passions on a daily basis and share his excitement with everyone whom he came into contact with.  The next “snowfall” when he could get his rig out into the white stuff was all he could talk about since the leaves were changing colors!  His excitement was contagious and he could usually talk someone into getting just as excited as he was about it!   Many of his friends and acquaintances from the shop claimed to have become a little more serious about riding after working with him on something he had fixed for them.  He was charismatic and fun, a story teller and a prankster.  His smart wit and humor was appreciated by everyone that came into contact with him.

A man of deep faith, inventor, teacher, business owner, father, friend, brother, significant other…Todd will forever hold sacred places in our hearts.  From the twinkle in his puppy dog eyes, his out of this world amazing smile, his HUGE tight hugs and his gentle patient spirit, we will FOREVER miss and honor him. 

Blessed to have shared his life was his mother, Diane Lasky and the late James Lasky; his sister, Tammy Lasky-Barboni, her husband Peter and nephews, Michael and Nicholas; his son Austin Lasky; his true love, Bonny Wesolowski-Senger and her family Jami (James) Summers, Jorden and Jace Senger and his fur babies, Lucy and Louie. 

Fly high Todd….you are our hero!

Tailwinds to eternity…until we meet again, God bless your beautiful heart and soul. We love you always and forever.

https://www.eastgatefuneral.com

Chris Iverson, 47, Bismarck, died November 19, 2018 in Bismarck, ND.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, November 26, 2018 at Bismarck Event Center, 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck.

Family will greet visitors from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, November 25, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, with a prayer service at 7:00 pm.  

Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes your whole world, for me that was my husband. Chris Alan Iverson was born May 7, 1971, in Tacoma, Washington to Donna Jean (Kjos) and Clayton Jacob Iverson, the 4th of 5 children. He was raised in Tacoma and attended Franklin Pierce High School, where he excelled in FFA and football. He spent his free time with friends camping, hunting,s and fishing in the Puget sound. His love of the outdoors stayed with him throughout his life.

Not long out of school Chris met his first love, his daughter Breyana Lynn, on September 29, 1992. He began working for Takasaki Construction on Fort Lewis Air Fort Base and continued there for almost 10 years. During this time, he met and married his lifetime love, Jennifer Darlene McKenzie. They were married September 13, 1997, in Tacoma, Washington. They resided in Tenino, Washington for 2 years where they welcomed their daughter, Emma Louise, on March 27, 1998 and mourned the loss of their son Christian Jacob on October 8, 1999.  In 2000, they moved to The Tri-Cities and Chris began work at Boise Cascade Paper Mill. On November 15, 2002 they completed their family by welcoming their son, Seth Elias Iverson. In the search to find better hunting grounds and a good place to raise a family, the Iverson family moved to Cathay, North Dakota in 2003.  Chris began work at Canadian Pacific Railroad as a conductor and joined the Cathay Volunteer Fire Department. Eventually, the family moved from the farmstead into Fessenden. Chris continued as a CP conductor for over 10 years and volunteered for 11 years as a fireman on the Cathay and Fessenden Fire Departments. In 2008, Chris and Jenny were introduced to the world of EMS. Chris quickly realized that this was the perfect job for him. It allowed him to take care of people, give to the community, and have work that pushed him both physically and intellectually. He excelled in EMS as a provider, an instructor, and a mentor. Everyone who worked with him and received care from him experienced his compassion and knowledgeable care.

Chris was taken too soon from this life. He is sadly survived in this world by his wife of 21 years, Jenny, his daughters, Breyana, Portland, OR and Emma, his son, Seth, his mother, Donna, Tacoma, WA;  his sisters Melodee (Martin) Gaertner, Georgia; Mary Jamison (John) Olalla, WA , his brothers Jay Iverson and Curtis Iverson, Tacoma, WA, and a multitude of friends.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Clayton Iverson.

http://www.parkwayfuneral.com

Bonnie Kay Cook, 63, died Nov. 18, 2018, as the result of Air Ambulance crash. A joint celebration honoring all who perished will be held 10 am Monday, November 26 at the Bismarck Event Center.

Bonnie was born May 25, 1955, in Richardton, ND.  She grew up on a rural farm by Killdeer. The oldest of 15 brother and sisters, she quickly became a second mom to her brothers and sisters, showing love and dedication for her family and her work.

Bonnie met and eventually married the love of her life, Perry, August of 1979.  They resided in Killdeer until they moved to Bismarck so she could pursue a career in Nursing at the University of Mary. 

In 1992, she became a registered nurse and worked at St. Alexius in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she excelled in serving the babies who needed a higher level of care. She joined the NICU transport team, began instructing S.T.A.B.L.E. class onsite and via telemedicine to local and rural nurses.  She also was an active member of the Nursing Communications Ambassadors, serving on the shared governance committee.

Bonnie’s dedication at work was only elapsed by her love and devotion to her family.  She enjoyed spending weekends and vacations visiting and playing with her eight grandchildren to cherishing every moment of life.  Bonnie loved to do crafts and share recipes with all her friends and family.  Her strength and determination were infectious, and she volunteered throughout the Bismarck area in numerous capacities.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts that donations be made for the future purchase of Neonatal Transport Isolette.  Bonnie’s passion and goal to equip nurses with the best equipment to increase the survival rate of neonates.   Donations should be made out to the CHI foundation; mailed to C/O Perry Cook, 7009 Golden Crest Rd, Bismarck, ND 58503.

https://bismarckfuneralhome.com




Chris Iverson, paramedic, age 47 of Mandan

Bonnie Cook, NICU nurse, age 63 of Bismarck

Todd Lasky, pilot, age 48 of Bismarck



MANDAN, N.D. — The Morton County Sheriff's Office here has released the names of three people who died Sunday night, Nov. 18, when a Bismarck Air Medical plane crashed northwest of Mandan.

The three victims are Todd Lasky, 48, of Bismarck, the pilot of the plane; Bonnie Cook, 63, of Bismarck, a nurse; and Chris Iverson, 47, of Mandan, a paramedic.

According to a release from CHI St. Alexius Health, the plane, which was flying to Williston to assist in a patient transport, went down prior to arrival.

The three victims were the only people aboard the plane when it crashed.

Around 11 p.m. Sunday, the Bismarck Airport tower reported the aircraft was missing about a half-hour after taking flight.

Searchers with the Morton County Sheriff's Office, Mandan Rural Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol and an Air Force Rescue Team located the crash site around 2 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Cellphone forensics and radar analysis helped track the plane's last location, according to a Morton County press release.

Morton County spokeswoman Maxine Herr said the crash site is about 15 to 20 miles northwest of Mandan. The fuselage and other debris are spread over "a large area" in a "remote pasture" about 3 miles west of state Highway 25 northwest of Mandan, according to the press release.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The plane was a Cessna 441 turboprop that was built in 1982, according to FAA records.

Original article ➤ http://www.grandforksherald.com



BISMARCK, N.D. — An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in midair.

The Cessna 441 Conquest II Bismarck Air Medical airplane took off at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and crashed shortly after in a field about 20 miles northwest of Bismarck. Air traffic control officials lost contact with the plane about 11 p.m., county spokeswoman Maxine Herr said.

CHI St. Alexius Health and Bismarck Air Medical said in a joint statement that the pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse had been heading to Williston to pick up a patient. The statement did not provide their names.

"It is a sad day here for both of our organizations," Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck, and Dan Schaefer, operations chief for Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance Operations, said. "We are grieving for the family members of those who were on board."

The Morton County Sheriff's Office, Civil Air Patrol and Air Force Rescue Coordination Center based at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida located the crash scene around early Monday using radar and cellphone technology, Herr said.

An analysis by the Air Force team indicated the plane might have broken up at about 14,000 feet, and "that corresponded with what they found on the ground," said Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Sean Johnson.

He said he didn't want to speculate on the cause. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating. FAA records show that the Cessna 441 turboprop was built in 1982. Bismarck Air Medical is listed as the registered owner.

Dan Schaefer, Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance operations chief, said the crash leaves Bismarck Air Medical with two aircraft, with which "we'll be fine."

Schaefer also said Sunday's crash is "extremely rare."

"Never had it happen," he said.

The weather from 11 p.m. Sunday to midnight Monday, as observed at the Bismarck Airport, had low hanging clouds and light snow showers moving in, said Nathan Heinert, meteorologist with the Bismarck National Weather Service. He also said visibility had dropped to 5 miles.

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement Monday expressing condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of last night's airplane crash that claimed the lives of the pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse — individuals who dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others," he said. "We are forever grateful for their service."

Original article can be found here ➤ https://missoulian.com

Pilot Todd Lasky

BISMARCK, N.D. — Three people died Sunday night when a Metro Area Ambulance plane crashed northwest of Mandan.

According to a release from CHI St. Alexius Health, the plane, which was flying to Williston to assist in a patient transport, went down prior to arrival. A Bismarck Air Medical pilot and paramedic, along with a CHI St. Alexius Health registered nurse, were on board. There were no survivors.

Around 11 p.m. Sunday, the Bismarck Airport tower reported the aircraft as missing about a half-hour after taking flight.

Search efforts by the Morton County Sheriff's Office, Mandan Rural Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol and an Air Force Rescue Team located the crash site around 2 a.m. Monday.

Cell phone forensics and radar analysis helped track the plane's last location, according to a Morton County press release.

Morton County spokeswoman Maxine Herr said the crash site is about 15 to 20 miles northwest of Mandan. The fuselage and other debris are spread over "a large area" in a "remote pasture" about 3 miles west of North Dakota Highway 25 northwest of Mandan, according to the press release.

The National Transport Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Chelsey Kralicek, marketing specialist for CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, said the hospital is offering employee assistance program services through its professional counselors to employees and their families.

In a joint statement, Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck president, and Dan Schaefer, Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance operations chief, stated: “It is a sad day here for both of our organizations. We are grieving for the family members of those who were on board.”

"The names of the individuals are not being released until families are notified. We are focused on supporting the families and associates from both organizations. We ask for your prayers and support at this very difficult time for all."

Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken offered a statement on behalf of the Bismarck City Commission following news of the crash:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life of these individuals who selflessly dedicate themselves to saving the lives of others, and provide this vital service to our communities. We send our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the families, friends and colleagues in the medical and first responder communities.”

Gov. Doug Burgum also offered words in the wake of the crash. 

"We are deeply saddened by the news of last night’s airplane crash that claimed the lives of the pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse – individuals who dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others. We are forever grateful for their service," the governor said in a statement. "Kathryn and I extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to their families, friends and colleagues in the medical and first responder communities.”

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., also issued a statement. 

“Mikey and I are deeply saddened to hear of the air ambulance crash last night near Mandan," Hoeven said. "Those on board were committed to serving others and providing life-saving medical care. We extend our condolences to their families and loved ones.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://missoulian.com

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in midair.

The twin-engine Bismarck Air Medical airplane took off about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and crashed shortly after in a field about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Bismarck. Air traffic control officials lost contact with the plane about 11 p.m., county spokeswoman Maxine Herr said.

CHI St. Alexius Health and Bismarck Air Medical said in a joint statement that the pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse had been heading to Williston to pick up a patient. The statement did not provide their names.

"It is a sad day here for both of our organizations," Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck, and Dan Schaefer, operations chief for Bismarck Air Medical and Metro Area Ambulance Operations, said. "We are grieving for the family members of those who were on board."

The Morton County Sheriff's Office, Civil Air Patrol and Air Force Rescue Coordination Center based at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida located the crash scene around early Monday using radar and cellphone technology, Herr said.

An analysis by the Air Force team indicated the plane might have broken up at about 14,000 feet (4,300 meters), and "that corresponded with what they found on the ground," said Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Sean Johnson.

He said he didn't want to speculate on the cause. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating. FAA records show that the Cessna 441 turboprop was built in 1982. Bismarck Air Medical is listed as the registered owner.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Schild said there was light snow in the area at the time but no hazardous weather. Johnson said there was the potential for fog or haze.

Gov. Doug Burgum issued a statement Monday expressing condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of last night's airplane crash that claimed the lives of the pilot, a paramedic and a registered nurse — individuals who dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others," he said. "We are forever grateful for their service."

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.tribdem.com